One of my favorite sayings is, “A goal without a plan is just a wish”
Wait. Take a minute. Sit in it. Meditate on it. This saying is SO simple, but yet so complex.
How many times have you said the words- “I wish _____________.”I wish I had time to relax. I wish I had enough money to travel. I wish my family would help me around the house. I wish I could go back to school. I wish I could lose the weight. I wish I could get a better job. The list could go on and on.
Here is the secret. A goal without a plan is just a wish. Now, how do YOU turn your wishes into reality?
What do you want? You say “I don’t know what I want.” The truth is we all get lost in life. We get so STUCK in the mundane tasks of life that we forget we used to have dreams. We make sacrifices to care for our families, and before we know it, the kids are grown. We forget that we used to be a person before kids. The best part is; wherever you got stuck…You are a stronger person now than ever before. You’ve been through some stuff. You have been beaten up a little by life. You have had HEARTBREAK. Guess what. You are still breathing. (Even if you don’t FEEL like it. ) Our feelings are not what makes us. Our determination and a whole lotta prayer are what makes us strong.
Write it down! Write it down! Goal Setting
Write down what you wish you could accomplish. Guess what? Once you do. Your wishes become goals. Goals are a whole different beast. A goal, my friend, by definition is – “the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.” See that? A result or achievement! Goals aren’t “wishy-washy”. Goals are DIRECTED achievement. Grab a napkin, a piece of notebook paper, whatever. It doesn’t have to be Pinterest worthy. (Although- I like pretty things myself.) Just start writing. Make a random list of your wishes. Write everything that comes to your mind from cleaning the laundry room to finally writing that blog! (Oh wait. Sorry. That’s me.) Post it where you can easily add to it throughout the week.
Examples of wishes
Clean out our house
Rekindle my marriage
Get my kids playing fewer video games
Lose 25 pounds
Be debt free
Clean the kitchen drawer
Start saving for college
Read a book
Learn to dance
Volunteer once a week
Spend more quality time with friends
Go to Italy
After your wish list is completed, (excuse me- your GOAL list), the next step is to zone in and put action to your list. It doesn’t matter if you are the smartest person on the planet. If you don’t put action to your goals, nothing will magically happen.